Friday Night Excitement

Written by K Crew’s Megan.

 

Bright lights. Enthusiastic fans. Fireworks. There is something so euphoric about Friday Night games at The K.  Last Friday was no different.  Whether you are there for work or to enjoy a baseball game, walking in to the stadium on a Friday night has a way of putting a smile on just about anyone’s face.

CIMG0079.jpgWith smiles already on, an extra boost of excitement was added upon hearing who would be gracing Royals fans with their presence.  While we love all of our Royals fans and think they are all beyond amazing, it is not every day big-time celebrities attend a baseball game at The K.  Many whispers and questions were asked by fans wondering if Will Ferrell was really in the third base dugout suite.  It was so fun to say, “Yes! He actually is here tonight!”

Along with the beloved Will Ferrell was Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Horatio Sanz and Rob Riggle.  With these great guys being in the dugout suite, seeing them from afar was our only real option.  During the 8th inning, Sandy, Kelly, Kristina, Taylor and I all got the opportunity to change that.  Walking excitedly to the dugout suite with camera in hand, we were all ready for our celebrity encounter.  Between the five guys, they made us feel like we were the celebrities, yelling “Hey, it’s the K Crew!!!” 
CIMG0077.jpgCheering as we walked in, they were no different than the awesome fans sitting up in the view level.  They were courteous to take pictures with us, letting us know that it would look best with one K Crew member between each of them!

Everyone eagerly accepted tattoos and pins, especially Paul Rudd’s four-year-old son, Jack.  He was SO excited to be at the baseball game, exclaiming that Sluggerrr came down and even gave him an autograph just for him.  Jack was beyond adorable and even more lovable when he admitted, “Sluggerrr and the Royals are the greatest and bestest in baseball.”  While hanging out with Paul Rudd’s little boy I had to drop in that myself and one other K Crew girl went to the same high school as he and Jason (Go Vikings!), telling him that’s my claim to fame! They were overzealous talking about the ‘”good ol’ days from high school”!

300_8278a.jpgAll of these men have made appearances on Saturday Night Live, blockbuster movies and popular TV shows.  While they are all funny business most of the time, that was not the case on Friday night.  With three of the five hailing from the Overland Park area, Royals baseball and Kansas City is home to them.  Coming back to help out and give back to the community was not only an option but also a necessity.  They all participated in the Big Slick Poker Tournament on Saturday to raise money for Children’s Mercy Hospital.

D20_7641.jpgWhile the opportunity to throw the first pitch(s) and sing the Seventh Inning Stretch was enticing, coming back to Kansas City was important to them for more reasons then soaking up a Friday night game.  Showing the support and love for this great town, which holds many memories for them, was just one of the things these men do for others.

-Megan

Time with the Fans

Between the school year ending (shout out here to my faves from Grain Valley High School), graduations, wedding planning, writing weekly columns for two local papers, seven bridal showers, more wedding planning, engagement pics, and keeping up with the 42 text messages and emails I get daily, I somehow didn’t have time to work last homestand!  So I was especially eager to be heading to the games this past homestand.  With as crazy and busy as my schedule is right now, I almost forgot how much I adore my favorite stadium in the whole world.  While this is officially a “job,” unofficially it’s like a sanctuary for me.  A place of excitement mixed with relaxing and enjoying America’s favorite pasttime.  I was so glad I made time to work this past homestand because being out there singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was a breath of fresh air from the craziness that has become my life lately.

And as always, I had the opportunity to meet some incredibly awesome fans!  As a member of K Crew, our job this year has changed a little bit.  In the past, we were in charge of finding contestants for promotions and running those promotions throughout the game.  This year, Game Crew takes care of all of that, leaving our primary focus being fan interaction.  Yes, that means we get paid to hang out with YOU.  To cheer with you.  To high five everyone in the section when Billy Butler hits a home run.  To throw you hot dogs.  To give you tattoos and pins and most recently the new K Crew autograph card.  That is our job. 

Before I continue, I do want to give such a genuine and sincere shout out here to our awesome Game Crew.  They run the promotions with perfection and find such enthusiastic, great fans.  I had the pleasure of getting to know Matthew and Andrew a little better after I assisted them with DiGiorno Seat Upgrade, and I was so impressed with their execution of their job, but also the upbeat and excited attitude they had toward their role here at The K.  Thanks for all of your help Game Crew–we really appreciate all you guys do!

Because of their awesome work, we really do get to completely direct our energy and attention to you, our awesome and loyal fans.  I feel like it’s always “a great day to be a Royals fan” and be out at the stadium, but there are some nights that I especially feel a special connection with fans.  Last Tuesday night was one of those night.  Let me take you along a pictorial journey of my evening that led to me leaving and texting eight of my best friends, “I just had a really great K Crew night–I had the best talks with so many incredible fans!!” 

SDC12505.JPGMeet Adorable and Precious.  I mean do these two cute little ladies not just scream all that is adorable and precious?  They were so kind to even offer me a lick of one of their suckers.  I am all about fan interaction, but sharing suckers is about where I draw the line.  Thanks for the offer though girls, and most of all thanks for being such a great fans!!!

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And now let me introduce you to more of my new friends, who are actually baseball stars themselves.  These two guys had their gloves ready and that is perhaps my favorite kind of fan.  Love it.

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 This very special lady is Kathleen.  As I was getting ready to get up on the dugout for the Seventh Inning Stretch, I heard a confident voice starting a cheer of, “Let’s go Royals, let’s go!”  I turned around to see Kathleen on her feet completely getting those around her excited for her team!  I was so proud of her enthusiasm and passion for the Royals, that I just knew I had to throw my towel to her from the dugout.  She was so excited and appreciative.  Kathleen, keep up the awesome cheering and in a few years, you might just be taking my job up on the dugout!

SDC12506.JPGTuesday evening we had a request for appearance up in the Hy-Vee Level while we were all down on Field Level.  I heard through our radios that the request was for a 50th wedding anniversary, and as the bride-to-be and hopeless romantic that I am, I was just getting ready to volunteer via our radio for that appearance.  However, our boss knows me well and already was on the radio asking me if I wanted to go up there to do it!  The inning got busy, and as I was literally sprinting up the seven flights of stairs, I almost thought it might not be worth the time it was going to take to get up there and then back down for the next appearance I had.  Boy, was I wrong!  I get up to Norma and Gene’s section to see all of their family surrounding them for such a special celebration of their FIFTY years of marriage!  Kids, grandkids, friends…it was just such a sweet moment.  And THEN I saw Norma and Gene themselves who just couldn’t have looked more in love and sweet on each other as they must have 50 years ago before their “I dos.”  I had to tell them that my own “I dos” were just 20 days away, and they audibly shared their congratulations for me while everything about their body language and non-verbals shared an inspiration for me to achieve the commitment and work of celebrating 50 years with Ryan one day…and where else, but at The K!

In 50 years we shall come back to my favorite stadium to celebrate, but tomorrow we’re going to be out at The K for some engagement pictures!  When we first met with our photographer, we brainstormed special places we loved and naturally Kauffman Stadium was at the top of that list.  Tomorrow I will be at my favorite place in the world, with my favorite guy, taking pictures (for those that know me, you know that is another favorite of mine)…it almost sounds like a favorite movie of mine…Field of Dreams?  I think so!

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Next week will feature a special blog with my new friend Flat Stanley!  Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come as you see Flat entering the game with me and my super sweet and amazing fellow K Crew girl, Chelsea!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
-Erica

K Crew in the Community

This week is a special treat for all of our K Crew blog readers – a guest blog entry from Megan!  Enjoy!

 

DSCF1648.JPGWhen people say there is no greater joy than kids, they were totally correct.  This past weekend Sandy, Danaya, Sam and I got the opportunity to do an appearance at the March of Dimes’ annual event March for Babies.  When we arrived at 8am at the Power and Light District, ready to hand out tattoos and pins, we were blown away with the amount of joy and enthusiasm that filled this Saturday morning event.

March for Babies is an event that raises money to help families with premature babies.  A mile long walk was set up for all participants downtown.  We came across 8,000 people excited to walk for these little faces, and it did not take long to realize what a great day this would be.

DSCF1638.JPGOne of the first people we came across was this adorable man, Don Post.  After talking to Don, we came to realize that there were so many special people that surrounded this event.  Each year Don is in charge of all volunteers for March for Babies and Bikers for Babies, both events needing 300+ volunteers.  Dubbed the “Volunteer Extraordinaire,” Don is amazing at rallying his troops.  Even though he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 1980, he still puts his heart and soul into these events. Every year he is out there supporting this foundation and helping in any and every way he can.

DSCF1643.JPGWhile we were walking around, spreading Royals cheer, we came across so many families with such amazing stories.  Hearing what these families went through for their little babies is amazing.  Another great person we met was Cameron, also known as “The One Pound Miracle,” and his parents.  Cameron’s parents told us about the hoops that preemies and their parents have to jump through to make it just one more day.  In Cameron’s case, 104 days in the NICU – 104 days of anticipating what it was going to be like to take Baby Cameron home.  It was amazing to see the love that everyone had for these preemie babies, and also the people walking in support of the babies they had lost.  

The Kansas City March for Babies has always been successful, and this year was no different. On a gloomy Saturday morning 8,000 people came out to support this amazing cause, and they raised $850,000.  While the potential for rain may have been looming over our heads, it was a beautiful day filled with hope and gracious hearts.  The K Crew is so blessed to have opportunities such as this to get out into the community and meet more amazing people and Royals fans!

– Megan

Baseball is back in KC

After way too long and COLD of a winter, BASEBALL SEASON IS BACK!!!  It was so exciting to be back out at The K seeing so many of you who we had missed all winter long!

I’m going to re-cap our first homestand with some pictures and commentaries of all the fun going on during our first week of baseball for the 2010 season!

SDC11647 2.jpgLet’s just start off with this picture of Chelsea, Lauren and me…oh yeah and David Cook.  No big deal, right?  Again, let me just say- we have THE coolest job ever.  Here’s where I do need to be honest and confess that I’ve never seen a single episode of American Idol (sorry, David).  No worries though, because my new friend Chelsea has FOR SURE made up for my lack of viewing, because this girl was SO EXCITED to see her favorite American Idol!!!

This is where I need to genuinely thank you, my faithful blog readers, because it is because of THIS VERY BLOG that I get to do things such as sit down with David in his suite and ask him some questions.  All for you, my awesome readers.  David was completely down to earth, playing with his cousins and just hanging out watching the game.  I asked him about his favorite Royals memory, and he said it would have to be during the 2003 season when he was working out at the stadium (yep, he spent several seasons working out at The K!).  He said that just the spirit and excitement of all of the fans was so enthusiastic and energetic and made for such an awesome season.

David also complimented the people of Kansas City as being “unlike the people anywhere else.”  I wasn’t sure what he meant and when I inquired a little further, he explained, “People everywhere else call me Mr. Cook.  Everyone here calls me David.”  He said it’s so great to be back home and receive such a warm response from the people of KC.  We were surely glad to have him singing the anthem for us Opening Day, and I won’t drive past the “Home of David Cook” sign on I-70 ever again without thinking about what a genuinely nice guy David is, not to mention a ROYALS FAN!!!

SDC11650 2.jpgNow David, take no offense to this, but when I sent a text to my dad to tell him that I had the opportunity to be in charge of the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat for Opening Day with John Wathan AND that I would get to meet David Cook, my dad replied, “Who is David Cook? YOU GET TO MEET THE DUKE!!!”   My dad was teasing and of course knows who David Cook is, but the super Royals fan in him was even MORE excited about the fact I’d be talking to The Duke!  It certainly was my pleasure to get to visit with such an important person in Royals baseball!

SDC11649 2.jpgAnd last, but certainly not least, are some pictures of the awesome fans that were out and cheering for their favorite team on Opening Day.  I sincerely really do mean it when I say “but certainly not least,” because while hanging out with David Cook and John Wathan was obviously exciting, K Crew’s main focus is YOU.  The fan.  The guy that comes out night after night to watch the Royals play.  The sweet old lady that keeps the score book to be a part of the game.  The precious little kid with cotton candy and a tattoo who is SO EXCITED to be here.  YOU are who we are here for…to cheer with you, to visit with you, and to make lifetime friendships despite any and all other differences because each of us share the bond as fans of our team–the Kansas City Royals.

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It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
-Erica

19 Days

With Opening Day less than a month away, I had to share this awesome conversation that I had last night with my soon-to-be little sister-in-law as we were looking at Facebook together.  (Reagan is seven years old, all that is adorable, and already quite the Royals fan herself.)
 
Me:  “I have a friend request from this person that I don’t even know…”
 
Reagan:   “Probably because they think you’re cool.  You know, because you work for the Royals.”
 
Reagan said it best.  19 days, people.  Get excited.
 
It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
-Erica

2010 K Crew Announced

The 2010 K Crew auditions were held at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday.  We had more people audition than ever before!  Thanks to everyone who auditioned for the 2010 team! 

The new team has just been announced!  Returning will be myself, Kelly, Kristen, Lauren, Mallary, Megan, Nikki and Tetiana.  Our rookies for the 2010 season are Chelsea, Danaya, Ebonee, Katie, Kristina, Samantha, Sandra and Taylor.

Congrats to everyone!  I can’t wait to see everyone again at our first meeting in a couple weeks!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…

-Erica

Top Ten Signs Im in Love with the Royals

Generally when I’m writing these fun blogs, I reference heading to my favorite place in all the world, but today I am going to begin by referencing heading to one of my very LEAST favorite places in all the world…and that would be the dentist.

Yesterday afternoon I had a dentist appointment, and I just hate going there.  It’s literally the opposite of how I feel when I’m driving up to the stadium–I get angry, annoyed and a little anxiety as opposed to the happy, excited and eager feeling I have driving up to The K.  And here’s the worst part–my dentist is AMAZING!

They are a husband and wife team of dentists with a beautiful office with TVs at every chair for your comfort and enjoyment.  They have friendly staff (yes, this is a shout out to you, Lesley!) and just make the experience as pleasant as possible…AND I STILL HATE GOING!  That is really sad, but here’s the happy news–Dr. Hanneman and Dr. Ward are HUGE Royals fans!  As in season-ticket-holder-kind of awesome excited fans!  Being there yesterday and them asking me about the Royals and my job was a reminder that I needed to update my favorite blog!  Thanks for the reminder, Dr. Ward–and I’m sorry that I don’t get as excited coming to your place of work as you do coming to mine!

If Dr. Ward’s inquiry about my Royals job wasn’t enough of a reminder that it was time to update this blog, there was another reminder for me at Barnes and Noble.  Bonnie (my friend who is of course also a huge Royals fan) and I were shopping when we ran into an old friend of hers that I had met just a couple of times a few years ago.  As I was struggling to remember her name, she and her husband go, “Erica!  We see you all the time at the stadium!!  You’re all over that place!!!  We’re always so excited to say we know you!”  And yes- this is the part where I feel a little famous and walk out of Barnes and Noble with my excited “I’m associated with the Royals and people I don’t know recognize me” walk.  (It’s a little happier and a little taller than my “I’m a teacher and kids never listen to my instructions the first time” walk.)

Because I’m missing my Royals and missing my favorite job EVER (and I’ve had really cool jobs, so don’t take that claim lightly, because the amazingly cool jobs this one had to compete with include: a camp counselor who lived in a teepee at Kanakuk Kamps for 6 weeks, motivational speaker, tour guide, student caller to convince little old ladies to give our college money, an AFTERdark event director, speaker for FCA, AND don’t forget the 6 summers of saving lives poolside…my point being–this job is THAT awesome to conquer all of those crazy cool jobs) and missing the joy that is being on the dugout or getting fans clapping, I’ve decided to share with you…

THE TOP TEN SIGNS THAT I AM IN LOVE WITH THE ROYALS:

10.  When asked my favorite color, I always say, “Blue.  Royal blue.”

9.  I brush my teeth with a Royals toothbrush from the Royals TeamSmile event. 

8.  Any small talk that I have with my principals, colleagues, students always starts with either, “Are you working the game tonight?”  or  “I saw you on the big screen last night!”  or  “So what about those Royals?”

7.  Every time I drive by the stadium, no matter who I’m with, I start chanting, “Let’s go Royals! Clap, clap, clap clap clap!” 

6.  When people ask me what I do for a living, I always say, “I work for the Kansas City Royals.”  Never mind the actual career I have that actually pays the bills.  And I always say this in the most casual way possible when in reality I’m still SO excited about this fact!

5.  The gifts my friends and family get from me almost always have some sort of Royals correlation…tickets, hats, shirts, temporary tattoos, 40th anniversary pins!

4.  As it often is, my profile picture on Facebook was one from me at the stadium, and my best friend from growing up posted this on my wall:

I love this picture of you. 🙂 Someone I know went to a Royals game recently and when I heard them say it, I thought of you. 🙂 Also, everytime I drink a Pepsi I think about you too, b/c it says something about the K on the can. 🙂

It is SO VERY EXCITING to me that people, such as my old BFF Tiffanie, associate ME with the Royals!!!!

3.  I want to get married at the stadium.

2.  Go back and read number 3 again.  I am serious.  As in so serious that I’ve even thought about the details and the invitations I’d send out that would say, “Every kiss begins at The K!” 

And the number one sign that I’m in love with the Royals is…

1.  I really believe that next year at this very time, I won’t be writing a blog about MISSING being on the dugout, but I WILL BE ON THE DUGOUT cheering on our boys in blue, because we’ll still be playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
-Erica

2010 K Crew Auditions

2009 K Crew Group.JPG It really doesn’t sound like that long ago when we were getting ready for 2009 K Crew auditions and announcing the new team, but now it’s already time for 2010 K Crew auditions!  Here’s the scoop…

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Time: Registration/Check-in: 9:30 am, Auditions: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Kauffman Stadium – One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129 (Park in Lot M and enter the stadium at Gate C)

300_3366.jpgJob Description: The Kansas City Royals K Crew is a fan-interactive team that will perform at all 2010 Kansas City Royals home games at Kauffman Stadium. The K Crew will be the face of the Royals gameday experience and act as Royals fan ambassadors both at Kauffman Stadium and at outside appearances as assigned.  K Crew duties include fan interaction throughout stadium (meet and greets, autograph sessions, etc.), facilitating entertainment utilizing special skills/talents, game operations responsibilities such as in-game promotions, T-shirt launches and crowd rallies, and other duties as assigned by the Kansas City Royals. 

 Audition Requirements:
1. 18+ and a high school graduate by January 1, 2010 (valid photo I.D. required)
2. Candidates must be willing to devote a large percentage of time to the K Crew program, including attendance at rehearsals, all designated games, community events and other mandatory appearances in and around the Kansas City area.  Must have flexible schedule for nights, weekends and holidays.
300_7327.jpg3. Candidates must have reliable transportation and live in or close to the Kansas City area.
4. Candidates must have the stamina and fitness level to perform athletic activities in conditions of summer heat.
5. Candidates must demonstrate good moral character and be drug free.
6. Candidates must be able to perform activities and interact with fans on camera in front of large crowds. Prior performance, entertainment, public relations, and/or broadcasting experience preferred.
7. Candidates must have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and a positive, energetic personality.  Must be able to handle situations with a quick and professional response.
8. Candidates must be reliable, punctual, and courteous. Should have good listening skills and an ability to work with brief instruction as part of a team.
9. Knowledge of the game of baseball is preferred.
10. No candidate may presently be affiliated with or be a representative of any other semi-professional or professional athletic franchise.

300_3219.jpgVisit the official K Crew Web page for more information and to get your application!  Deadline for Pre-Registration is Monday, November 9, 2009.  If you have any questions, call 816-504-4433 or email kcrew@royals.com.  I’ll see you at auditions!  Good luck!

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…

-Erica

The Last Homestand…but not the last blog!

Sometimes life gets a little crazy, and I need reminders to update my favorite blog!  These reminders can come from a Post-It note on my desk at work,Picture 052.jpg sometimes from my boss here at the Royals, but my favorite reminders come from fans that are checking the blog…such as this super excited fan who dominated the Upper Deck Match Game!  Ryan, you were awesome, and I absolutely loved your very excited message and reminder to get this blog up!  Thanks for being such a great fan!!!!

Ryan was just one of many awesome fans that I encountered during our last homestand, so let me give some shout outs to some other pretty special fans…Picture_066.jpg

Katie and I are posing with our favorite fan from Argentina!!!  We made a super special delivery to give him a t-shirt for his excited Royals spirit!  Muchas gracias for cheering for the Royals while in the USA!!

Okay, so these next pictures aren’t fans, but just some really awesome people that contribute to making The K my favorite place in all the world…Picture_049.jpg

Here is Megan who started out the season as a fellow K Crew member, but as you can see from her snazzy clothes, she left the dugouts for an office job.  She’s genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and just such a pleasure to work with at The K.  Thanks for being so great and always so excited about the blog, Megan!

Picture 055.jpgAnd everyone knows this guy that I was so excited to catch by himself for a minute to snap a picture for the blog!  Thanks for the picture, Sluggerrr–you’re the best!  No one gets the stadium clapping like you do!  I feel so honored to get to work with you!

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Now this next guy you might not recognize because he is behind the camera a lot, but you might have yelled, “HEY CAMERA MAN- GET ME ON SCREEN!” to him a couple of times this past season!  I believe I’ve mentioned Jordan in a previous blog because he is seriously the best.  I’ve had the extreme pleasure of working with him a lot this season, and he also does an excellent job at capturing the moments to put on CrownVision!  Jordan- you’re awesome…with the camera of course, Picture_046.jpgbut also with some great advice you dispersed to Megan and me that last homestand!  Thanks for such a fantastic season, and I can’t wait to see you next season!

And here is Tommy who was a huge help during my Live Shot out at the Royals Hall of Fame!  He stepped in and did the play by play for us at the “You Make the Call” interactive experience.  Super impressive, Tommy!

I saved these guys for last, because I especially liked something they said to me.  As I was walking around talking to fans, these guys caught my eye.  I know what you’re thinking–how could six ridiculously good looking guys NOT catch my eye?  Well, you’re right, but also because generally when we see groups, we try to ask if they’re celebrating something special that we can help celebrate with them with some tattoos or pins or maybe even just a loud annoucement!  Picture_043.jpgSo, I approached these rather handsome gentleman to inquire if there was a particular reason for their celebration…someone’s bachelor party or birthday maybe?  They all kind of laughed and said no, and I explained that I just figured they must be celebrating something…and that’s when one of these great Royals fans goes, “Well we are!  We’re here to celebrate the Royals!”

I couldn’t have put it better myself. 

It’s a GREAT day to be a Royals fan…
-Erica

P.S.  Just because the season is over, doesn’t mean the blogging fun has to stop!  I’ve actually already jotted down some notes for some blogs coming soon!  In fact, here’s a sneak peak at the fun that is yet to come–one super awesome top 10 list that you don’t want to miss, some reflections from my last game of the season and highlights from K Crew’s end of the season party and awards ceremony! 

K Crews Job Never Stops

There comes a point in every K Crew member’s life when they find themselves at an event with lots of people (i.e. the zoo, another sporting event or, in my particular case this past weekend, at the Shanks’ Barnyard Bash 2009), and we just forget that we’re not inside the joy and stardom that is The K where everyone is fascinated by our sweet uniforms and cool bags and eager to high five us, wave at us or yell, “Yeah K Crew!” 

So when we’re at these other events with lots of people and kids around us, we still have this innate expectation for small children to run up to us expecting tattoos or grown men to yell at us, “I WANT A HOT DOG!!”  But these people all around us, well, they don’t know the very fame and prestige that is in their presence.  Such was this past Saturday night when I saw a bunch of little kids running around, and I immediately approached them to start giving out high fives, and then I even began to reach in my bag to grab them some tattoos…only to quickly remember the bag on my right shoulder held lip gloss and my cell phone, not waivers and giveaways.  No, I was not wearing my K Crew bag, nor was it at all normal for me to be high fiving kids and trying to get them to yell, “Let’s go, Royals, let’s go!”

This is the life of a K Crew member.  We eat, sleep and breathe Royals, so when we’re not at the stadium, sometimes we can feel a little lost.  I can remember going to Royals games growing up and thinking the place was so huge and feeling lost, so I find it pretty crazy and exciting that I now feel more lost when I’m not there than when I am at the awesome new stadium.

Here are some snapshots from last homestand.  As always, I had the opportunity to hang out with some pretty great fans!

IMG_6813.JPGBefore I introduce you to some of the awesome FANS that I got to hang out with, allow me to introduce you to these three incredibly good looking and incredibly personable guys that work to make your dreams come true in Guest Services!!!!  For some crazy reason, I hadn’t really had much of a chance to interact with these cool guys until this past homestand, and they were just so much fun!  As we left their room, I said to Brian, “Those guys were just so personable and polite and all had such awesome personalities!”  And then it dawned on me that these qualities are what make them PERFECT for their role in Guest Services!  Keep up the awesome work, guys–you are such an important part of this team!

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This season we’ve started throwing t-shirts from the dugouts during the Royals starting line-up.  This is always a super great time, and it’s especially wonderful when polite fans such as this young lady, come find me to personally say thank you for throwing her a t-shirt!  You’re absolutely welcome!!IMG_6823.JPG

 

 

Well hello to our fans that came all the way from AUSTRALIA!  They were members of the Australian Military making a visit to Ft. Leavenworth.  Thanks for making it out to The K!!!IMG_6817.JPG

 

 

Ah, there is such a special place in my heart for our sweet sign making fans!  I’m all about making signs, so I always love to stop and snap a picture with our creative and colorful designing fans!  Great job, girls!!IMG_6820.JPG 

 

This excited fan is Dave Lamaster!  He makes it out to lots of games, and it an absolute pleasure!  He was REALLY excited about having his picture on the blog!!!  And you know how much I love excited fans, so here you go, Dave, and remember the best place to watch baseball is always at Kauffman Stadium.

IMG_6819.JPGOn this particular night, Brian and I were in charge of Commerce Bank Pinball Shuffle, and Brian found this awesome contestant!  I really did think this guy was so great–he was such a dedicated fan, and he and his son were a complete pleasure to work with the entire time!  Here’s the two of them with their prize pack!  Thanks for being such great fans, guys!  It’s quality people like you two that make my job so much fun!

And last, but certainly not least, were maybe my two very favorite guys from the entire homestand!  Let me introduce you to the handsome, the spirited, the polite, and the excited…Tucker and Layne!!!  These two adorable cousins were here cheering on the Royals with their grandma, who was kind enough to email me the pictures she took of us!  I couldn’t pick between the two pictures, so boys–that’s just how special you guys are–I’m posting them both!!  You can see them with their super cool tattoos and then being such chivalrous gentlemen for sharing their umbrella with me!  Thanks again, guys–and keep on cheering on our Royals!!!!

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It’s a GREAT day to be Royals fan…
-Erica

P.S. I know it’s a day late, but I wanted to wish Mike McCartney–that amazing and oh-so-exciting voice of the Royals–a very happy birthday!!!!  Just yet another perk of being a K Crew member is that–oh yes, Mike McCartney is my Facebook friend.  How cool am I?!